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Healthy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

A Reader Recipe: Flax and Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

Reader For The Love Of Fiber gave a healthy makeover to classic Irish soda bread. She shared her recipe in our Healthy Recipe group.

A new generation of Irish Soda Bread just in time for St. Patty's Day. It’s versatile as a breakfast bread with a schmear of grass-fed butter and your favorite cup ‘o tea, or as a nice addition to a body-warming soup. Or corned beef and cabbage, if you want to get totally authentic.

See the recipe after the break!


* = good source of fiber

  • 3 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour *
  • ¼ cup golden flax seed
  • ¼ cup palm sugar
  • 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾  tsp. Celtic sea salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup raisins


1. Place raisins in a cup of warm water for about 15 minutes to allow to plump. In large bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until it resembles a course meal. Add buttermilk and plumped raisins mixing until moistened. Shape into ball.

2. On floured surface knead 10 times. Shape into round loaf. Put in a greased and floured pie dish. Cut a cross in top of loaf.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Insert knife in loaf. If it comes out clean, it is finished. Cool on rack.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 slice

  • Calories: 134
  • Total Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 13 mg
  • Sodium: 168 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 19 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Yield: 20 thick slices (halved) | Prep Time: 15 min | Bake Time: 1 hour

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